Friday, April 20, 2018

#2079 "March Maple Snow"

From March 2018...
It had snowed hard overnight. About 25 centimetres of wet and heavy snow had accumulated. The depth of the snow would have been double that if the flakes had remained as frozen dendritic aggregates. The snow accumulated on the trees in a characteristic way and that was the reason for this painting and the following series of snow studies. As well snow is not white but takes on the values and colours of the environment. I took a nice walk along Long Reach Lane to capture the fleeting moments.

This ridge of snow is just north of the Singleton Studio. The marble ridge leads northeastward all the way to Red Horse Lake Road and beyond. In the summer it is almost a sidewalk. In the winter the many cracks and fissures in the ancient rock provides many hibernacula for all kinds of creatures including the grey rat snakes that call the area home. They are resting deep below the frost line waiting for spring like the rest of the world.

A few of last summer's leaves cling to the beech sapling. There are also a lot of sugar maples, butternuts and red oak along this beautiful ridge of nature. The butternut trees are not doing well.
 For this and much more art :>)

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